During last night’s edition of Britain’s Got Talent, the judges and the audience were in awe of dancer Falah Hassan, who we met under his stage name of Poppin’ Ron…
However, what the judges and viewers couldn’t possibly have known is that at the tender age of 12, Falah endured the nightmare of having to flee his home country of Syria after his parents were butchered by troops during Bashar al-Assad’s evil regime.
The Daily Mirror reports, “Falah, who won through to the next round, also revealed how he fled his homeland after his mum and dad’s murder and hid under a lorry to get into Britain…
“Only 12 at the time of the killings, the frightened lad was quickly granted asylum.”
He told the paper, “Every day we had to fight for our lives…
“We were always worried about how the government would destroy us. There wasn’t a day where I didn’t think about my death.
“I couldn’t just go out and play football because you didn’t know when the government would start shooting people whenever they felt like it.”
Falah went on to reveal that he and ¬his brother Kovan would most likely have died with their parents if they hadn’t been late home from work on that terrible day in 2004.
Falah said, “My dad did good things for people. He would give them food. Kids would come to our house wearing no shoes and my dad would do everything to try to get shoes for them.
“The government didn’t like that my dad helped the neighbours so they destroyed him and my family.
“They put my mum and dad outside and beat them to death. Then they set the house alight…
“When my brother and I came back all we saw was the bodies of my mum and dad. Everything was destroyed.
“The neighbours hid us otherwise we would have been killed too and they buried my parents. They hid me for three months before I fled.
“My brother and I were saved by angels and I thank God every single day.”
Falah first fled to neighbouring Turkey before embarking on a perilous journey across Europe while concealed underneath a lorry.
He explained, “There were spare tyres underneath and I sandwiched myself between them.
“I couldn’t be seen unless the driver was stopped and checked by security. It took about nine days to get to the UK with no food and little water.
“I could have died any second.
“We stopped at traffic in Southampton and I threw myself off. People thought I had been hit by the lorry because I was bleeding. I couldn’t speak English so I kept saying ‘police’.
“That’s when I gave up on my life because I thought they would deport me back to Syria.
“I was so heartbroken and scared and very skinny and weak.”
However, Falah was allowed to stay in the UK and was sent to live with foster mother, Josephine Donovan in Southampton. Two years later, his brother joined him.
Of Josephine, Falah said, “My foster mother saved my life and she is the most beautiful person on the planet.
“She has done ¬everything she can for me and my brother so I am now doing this to make her proud.
“I believe the spirit of my parents is with me and I always think of them when I perform.
“My heart is still broken but Britain has given me the spirit to stay alive and continue fighting. It has allowed me to create a better life.
“My dad’s dream was to change the world and I am following that.
“He wanted to help all the people who were struggling. So I now want to carry on his dream and make him proud.
“I would love to open schools all around the UK and help poor people follow their dreams and get somewhere in life.”
He concluded, “There is now no more Syria. It is destroyed. Our neighbours are likely to all be dead now and it hurts me a lot.
“I feel sorry for everybody who has been killed. I’m just grateful to be in a safe country.”
What an incredibly brave young man.
Here’s a reminder of his brilliant audition…